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Colisa fasciata, Bloch & Schneider, 1801


Origin: North-India; Assam, and in Burma. Here the fish occur in ponds and slow flowing waters, covered with floating plants. The fish have been spread from the original finding places, and are often found in rice fields in India and Pakistan nowadays, where they are kept as a secondary means of income for the farmer.

Etymology: fasciata(L) means striped, banded.

Synonyms:Trichogaster fasciatus, Bloch & Schneider, 1801, Trichopodus colisa, Buchanan-Hamilton, 1822, Trichopodus bejeus, Buchanan-Hamilton, 1822, Trichopodus cotra, Buchanan-Hamilton, 1822, Colisa vulgaris, Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831, Polyacanthus fasciatus,Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831, Colisa bejeus, Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831,Colisa ponticeriana, Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831, Colisa fasciata, Myers, 1923, Trichogaster fasciatus var.playfairi, Day, 1878.

First European Import: Germany, 1897, by Matte.Colisa fasciata

Description:Male: Orange bodycolor with iridescent blue stripes, fewer than Colisa labiosa. Caudal fin with blue spots at the base, and bright red spots at the end. Anal fin iridescent blue with red tips at the end of the spines. Female less colourfull, with a round end at the anal fin. The juvenile male in the picture has the coloration that is found in adult females. Richter reports that the colors vary depending on the origin of the fish.

Care:The fish can be kept in regular tanks, but will only show full coloration in a large tank with tempered light and many hideouts. The soil should be dark, and the tankmates should be quiet fish. Waterconditions are unimportant, the fish are very adaptable, although they prefer slightly acidic soft water. The fish take a long time to get used to a tank, and are usually very shy and easily scared. If the Colisa fasciata is kept well,then the colors will really come out, and the fish will be far more beautifull than Colisa labiosa. They usually inhabit the lower parts of the tank.

Temperature: 23-28

Feeding:Will eat all general food, but preferably live food or frozen food.

Size: Males up to 10 cm, females up to 8cm.

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding:80 cm tank, dark soil, low pH(5.5-6.5), temperature 28 degrees, floating plants, lowered waterlevel. Feed the fish well and do frequent small waterchanges with soft water. The males will build a bubblenest, usually under a plantleaf, or in a shaded corner of a tank where current is low. Very productiv, up to a 1000 eggs from a single spawn have been reported. The fry will hatch in a day, and will be free swimming after another three days. They should be fed infusoria and/or ground flake food in the beginning. After a week(with daily waterchanges, else later) artemia nauplii can be fed.

Sexual dimorphism:See description and size.

Prices: Netherlands:€3-4.

Additional:The fish are sold at markets in India and Pakistan as food. Both dried salted and live fish in small bags are for sale.

Although Colisa fasciata can be crossed with Colisa labiosa it is considered a valid species.

Picture references:Picture 1: Unknown. Picture 2: E. Naus.

References:Richter, H. J. (1979): Das Buch der Labyrinthfische. Verlag Neumann-Neudamm, Melsungen, Germany.

Linke, H.(1980): Labyrinthfische - Farbe im Aquarium. Tetra Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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